D.C.’s sports betting contract reeks of cronyism By Colbert I King, Washington Post June 14, 2019 at 2:18 pm D.C. Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey S. DeWitt has drawn attention to himself this week, but not necessarily in a good way. First, in a highly publicized dispute with the D.C. Council, DeWitt rode into battle on a mighty steed that turned out to be a hobbyhorse. Next, DeWitt asked the council to approve a $215 million sports gambling contract that reeks of cronyism. What he might do next week is anybody’s guess. To recall: On Monday, DeWitt boldly declared he would not certify the council’s $15.5 billion budget, supposedly because it diverted $49 million from the reserves of the Washington Convention and Sports Authority.